Pelham- A huge surprise sweep of a south Georgia prison turned up what officials call low levels of nuisance contraband, but no serious problems. A convoy of more than fifty law enforcement vehicles headed down U.S. Highway 19 to Autry State Prison in Mitchell County Wednesday.
One hundred and sixty-five officers with the Special Operations unit of the Georgia Department of Corrections conducted the unannounced shakedown. The Tactical Squad searched the prison facility and grounds.
It's part of a special operation to increase protection and safety for staff and inmates.
The Georgia Department of Corrections is the fifth largest prison system in the United States and supervises more than 50,000 state prisoners.